Rockefeller Tree Lighting

A Holiday Must-See Tradition in NYC: The Rockefeller Tree Lighting

A spectacular holiday tradition, the Rockefeller Tree Lighting is not to be missed if you’re in New York City on November 30th.

See the Towering Rockefeller Christmas Tree Get Glowing

The famous tree will get lit up for the first time on Wednesday, November 30th at 7 p.m. Festivities will continue surrounding the lighting until 9 p.m. The event is free for the public to attend.

Each year, Rockefeller Center is crowned with a magnificent Norway spruce tree in celebration of the spirit of the season. Thousands of people crowd the streets surrounding the tree’s home to see it glow for the first time each year, and millions more watch it all live on their TVs.

The tree is lit up and on view from its initial lighting until January 7th.

2016’s Tree

Following a long tradition spanning 84 years, this year’s tree once again will be a Norway spruce. It comes from upstate New York, from the humble backyard of Angie and Graig Eicler in Oneonta.

Tree Lighting History

The specimens chosen for the Rockefeller Christmas tree are traditionally about 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter, per Rockefeller’s tree lighting history. The tree has stood in the plaza each holiday season since 1932, and has seen New York City through trying times such as the Great Depression and 9/11. The tree has become New York City’s epicenter for the holidays.

For convenient access to see the Christmas tree, The Wilshire Grand is the place to stay while you’re visiting the area for the holiday season.

You can get to the Rockefeller Tree Lighting from our location in New Jersey via NJ transit and the NYC subway system. Take public transit to Newark Station, and then continue to Pennsylvania Station, Herald Square Station, and finally Rockefeller Plaza.